This Is What You Get When You Buy A $10,000 PC

A crate. You get a crate. A crate full of $10,000 of high-performance gaming PC, actually. This is the five-figure Origin Genesis gaming desktop, and we have one in the office at the moment for review. It arrived in its own wooden shipping box.

Arriving on a courier's trolley from Origin's South Australian HQ, the box got a lot of comments when it arrived — mostly people that thought it was a TV or a vacuum cleaner or something that deserved to be much larger than a little gaming PC. And truth be told, the crate is a little bigger than it needs to be, especially considering the Genesis already has a protective cardboard box and soft foam padding inside that.

It's also deceptive. Giz editor Luke Hopewell was about to hoe into the crate with a claw hammer until we realised that, oh, it's held together with screws. (We really should have checked that beforehand.) Remove said screws, the side of the crate falls off, and an Aperture Science-esque cardboard box sits inside.

And what's in that? Oh, just a $10,000-plus Origin Genesis. With an octa-core Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, 32GB of RAM, two AMD Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU graphics cards, a 1500 Watt PSU, two 240GB SSDs in RAID, and everything cooled by a couple of massive liquid-cooling radiators. And make no mistake, this case is massive as well as heavy.

Plus, once you have your massive computer set up, you can use the box for something else. Like storing nuclear weapons. Or building a little house. If you're spending $10,000 on a gaming PC, you want it to be an experience. We're pleased to say that this particular does that from the moment it turns up on your doorstep, even before it's turned on for the first time.

We'll have a review of the brand new Origin Genesis soon, so stay tuned!



      Well yes but what is truly mental is that I just went and customized a Genesis on their website that came in just over $27k. Could have pushed it over 30k probably.

    ......did it start talking to you once it was out of the box?

      I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

        The front panel even looks like HAL 9000.

          "Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. Your pornography became a threat to the mission. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over."

    Will this be kotaku's large pixel collider?
    4k games at max setting? 60fps and 4k youtube vids?
    We can only dream......

    Well at least it is over kill for the price, that's a pretty nice machine. Got any pics of the inside? Would love to see some!

    And If anyone wants to give me a $10k PC i'll gladly accept donations :P

    Still has trouble running GTA V

    You're looking at what? $5000 worth of hardware in that box? Sounds like once again you're paying more for the brand than the actual hardware.

      No, you're also paying for someone else to worry about purchasing all of those $5,000 worth of high end components, putting them all in, making sure they all work nicely, and sending it off to you with a warranty.
      Know any other way to get a factory warranty on your custom CPU/GPU watercooling setup? Didn't think so.

      $5,000 is a lot of money to spend and potentially be worrying about one of your graphics cards dying and then going through the RMA dance-of-fun with the retailer. Or, springing a leak in your water cooling system and finding out how conductive your fluid is.

        This. You get all the hardware (which costs well over $5k), plus you get the whole thing put together by a professional and delivered to your door, and you have a one-stop shop for warranties.

        Yes, it's expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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          Yeah which is all well and good for Mr Average Joe with a lot of money to blow. But there are a lot more tech-savvy people in the world today, a lot of them professionally trained and qualified to put all this together (more so than the probably unpaid Chinese labour Origin uses).

          Sure, you don't get warranties, but with how fast tech evolves, by the time things go to shit there'll be several upgrades available for this hardware.

            I dunno man, I put together my last pc almost 2 years ago and the dramas I had getting it to work. Ended up having to RMA the memory, the mobo, the CPU and the GFX card.

            Yes. EVERY major component was faulty. And I've been putting computers together for more than 10 years so I know my stuff.

            Some of the components, like the PSU, Memory and GFX I could test in my office PC, but I actually had to buy another socket 2011 mobo to test the mobo and CPU. Then I had to ebay it to try and get some of my investment back.

            So yes I saved money on a brand new PC but if you look at the hours it took me to actually get it working correctly, I probably came out even. Add the stress of trying to find the issue, the swearing, the multiple, multiple reinstallations of windows... it wasn't worth it.

            Yes It's expensive but if I had the cash, I think I'd probably go this route myself. As long as they have a local distributor so I can drive down there to get it warrantied if I have issues. Bugger sending the whole box off to SA.

              That sounds like a bloody shitstorm of bad luck. I have absolutely no place to say this; I only built my first PC last year, but surely to have that luck there have to be some extenuating circumstances (not necessarily your fault, but perhaps poor storage environment if you bought all the products from one place, power surge with components connected to the wall etc.).

              Of course it is possible the universe conspired against you in this instance, but isn't it more likely that, for example, whatever was wrong with the Mobo affected the other components (the stuff you listed all directly plugs into the motherboard apart from, of course, the mobo itself)? I dunno, I just don't buy that the gods of expensive technology saw fit to grant upon you a catastrophe of such astronomical odds.

                It's possible. Crunching the CPU into the socket when I put it in definitely didn't help :P

                Was really awesome of the guys I bought it from to help me with the RMA on the mobo and CPU.

                But the story remains the same, I would've avoided all of that if I'd bought it from someone. When I'm a zillionaire it'll definitely be what I'll do.

                  Yeah, absolutely, I know if I had endless stacks of cash I would definitely have done the same.

            This "Mr Average Joe" is likely very good at something that isn't tech, which is why he can afford to have someone else to worry about the tech side.

            He'll buy another top of the line PC next year or the year after too, without even making a dent in his bank account.

            Er, this is a premium product marketed to a very niche market. It moves only hundreds of units; maybe a few thousands. This means that they have to obtain profits from bigger margins, not from volume. It also means that since it is not mass-produced, it doesn't need to be made by "unpaid Chinese labour", which is a huge, biased assumption. That's just as well, such a product needs careful, custom assembly by dedicated professionals, not overworked operators doing repetitive tasks.

          The fuck? I paid $50 and got a one-year warranty with an option to extend to 3 years, and they built my custom machine as well.

        yeah thats still not worth an extra $5000 on top of the price.

      Go to their website and customise one, you could easily spend almost $30k ( -_-)\

        Why? If I can buy all the parts wholesale, assemble it myself and outfit it for my own needs... Saving thousands in the process.

          Oh of course, I mean it's just incredible the prices these things fetch if you customise it vs. going out and building it yourself!

        I did that too. Built my dream PC - $22,000. In sure my wife wouldn't notice that on our cc statement.

      I guess.. But even so, someone has to put it all together, do the cable managment. It all costs money, and no one's time is free. I don't agree that almost doubling the retail price of the components is fair though.

      A rough estimation looking at PC Partpicker for the cheapest on everything it comes to just over $5,000 but that's only with an all in one liquid cooler for the CPU. No doubt this thing Kotaku got has a custom water loop for the CPU & both GPU's, you'd be silly not to go for a custom water cooled loop when spending that kind of cash..

      I wish I could afford a kickass X99 workstation like this.

      Going by prices from Staticice, you're looking at at least $5400 just for the CPU, motherboard, graphics cards, RAM, SSDs and PSU, possibly more depending on exactly which options this is configured with (eg. unclear whether this has the OCZ or Intel SSD option). So that's before the case, water cooling, software etc, and before anything else that this is configured with that is not mentioned in the story (additional storage, audio card, network controller etc).

    Can it make me a sandwich?

      No. And it doesn't make waffles either... Plus no cup holder or coffee warmer.

      You'd think there would be more fancy features in a $10k box

        Does the Bluray tray eject? If so, instant cupholder!

          But it doesn't keep my coffee warm

            For 10k I'd be expecting it to keep me warm at night by snuggling! :O

    So the crate they delivered your PC in is probably more expensive than my PC?

    I actually went through the Origin Australia site and even with minimum specs apart from those options listed, you are still looking at $11K, not $10K, but I suppose if you are going to throw that much money at it, $1K isn't likely going to deter you...

      Wait till it all hits wholesale sellers. The cost will drop a lot

    I'm sorry, but I could have made a computer as good or better than this one for under $4000. But I'm thinking since you review things, that Origin just gave it to you? Or did you actually spend $10K on it?

      i think its a review as it posted on giz before it was posted on kotaku

        Yeah, I'm thinking that too... Man, I should really be a journalist for Kotaku or Gizmodo, amazing free things like this just to write a review.

        If someone wants to give me stuff like this, I'll write the best damn review of it anyone has ever seen!

          If that is a review unit, you will find kotaku/giz will most likely have to send it back at some point

          Um, it's a loan. We have it for a fortnight, as with all the other "amazing free things" we get mate :)

            Damn, that's a shame then, pity you couldn't just lose it in the mail or something ;D

          Um, it's a loan. We have it for a fortnight, as with all the other "amazing free things" we get mate :)

      Under $4k? The GPUS alone cost $1k each. The CPU costs $1500. Unless you can find a case, mobo, liquid cooler, RAM and all the other bells and whistles for under $500, I am calling your bluff.

        It doesn't have to be the exact same PC or specs, dude, I said as good.

        On my old PC I had a list (a year ago) I was planning to buy that included two 780ti's, 16GB RAM and one of the best i7's and all for ~$3,500, so just use the extra $500 to get more RAM or get the 970's instead.

        I would go find all these components again for your benefit on PC Case Gear, but I've got a bunch of things I have to do first.

          That's the thing with anything though... you can get some very good gear for fairly cheap, but to get the very best, you pay top dollar. To get from a fantastically good i7 to the stupidly good i7 extreme is around $1,000 on top of the cost.

          So sure, spending $4k might get you a PC that's 80-90% as good as this one. It's that last 10% that really costs you though.

            That's true, but if all you want to do is play games on it, that extreme processor is not going to give you any extra quality or FPS at all, so you have to admit it is a little over-kill in this day and age.

            But like others have said, you could get all of these exact parts into a computer and save yourself over $4k anyway.

              Oh I totally agree, you could get a system that is quite close to this in functionality for maybe half the price...

              But then, that isn't the point. If you are sinking $10k on a PC, you aren't doing it for the functionality... you're basically doing it for the bragging rights. Even if you don't have the know-how to build a PC with a custom water loop, you could pay someone to do it and still save a few grand with the not-quite-cutting-edge components, but that isn't their target market.

              They're after the guys that don't even bother looking at the price tags. Let's face it - if you can afford to sink $10k on a machine that will be outdated in 2 years, you probably aren't too fussed with cutting corners here and there on the build.

                Yeah, that's true. I wish I was that rich... A man can dream though.

    Can't pay $10K for that seriously...ripped off, but on another note may i please borrow it for The Witcher 3, you can have it back once i'm done with the 200 hours of the game..prolly 300 for me ;)

    Wo, playing Solitaire would be sweet On this rig

    Thing should have unpacked itself, then asked you if you wanted a coffee lol

    I work in transport, and I'll tell you this now from 3 years of first-hand experience...

    You NEEDED that to be in the woodern crate. Crate would of gone to a control depot, where thousands of light, heavy, big and small items go. Eventually, it'll be put either loose (not wrapped or tied down) to a pallet, where there's a risk of it falling off, or chucked into a packed pallet/cage, where other things were put on top of it.

    Trust me when I say this... That crate was 100% required to transport a $10,000 computer.

    Why would you raid 2 SSDs?

      RAID 0 (stripe) = performance, RAID 1 (mirror) = redundancy.
      RAID isn't specific to mechanical HDD's, it works just as well, if not better for SSD's.
      In this case they are most likely striped.

        Cheers. I knew it worked but they're so much faster than HDDs already, I'd rather just have twice the capacity.

          Sorry, little late on the reply.
          FWIW, you get half the capacity with mirror, but you get full capacity (with the performance to boot, but no redundancy) with stripe.
          If you have two identical SSD's in the same system, it might be worth you trying out the striped raid, even if just so you can say you've had hands on experience setting up initializing a RAID. Keep in mind you can't RAID drives with data on them, you'll need to reinstall Windows.

            so stripe is faster but you have the same amount of storage? That's so cool!

    I'm sure the power bill to run that thing will equal what you paid for it.

    I soooooooooooooooooooooo wanna run pong on that thing... just sit there, playing Pong, while everyone looks at me, gnashing their teeth...

    We recently had new CAD workstations installed at my office, reportedly worth $10k each. We had no such grandeur, only simple cardboard boxes, and the IT guys who installed them also stole my phone charger.

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